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U.S. Government

Basic guide to get you started in researching the federal government resources both online and in the library.

Useful Indexes

U.S. government sponsored research and worldwide scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information can be identified through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

 The Documents title catalog is not complete. For federal documents, it is just a title catalog and since government documents are often part of a series, it might be helpful to search for the series in the title catalog. You might not find the card for the individual title in the series, but you might find a card for the series that has the holdings. The reference book,U.S.Government Publications,often known as Andriot, is sometimes the quickest way to identify the series, if it doesn’t come up as a title search in the online catalog.

 Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1909 Doc Z1223 .Z7 L45

 Attempted to list all the public documents issued by the U.S. government during this time period. However, one weakness of it is its failureto cite many pre-1895 documents due to the fact that the Office of the Superintendent of Documents was established in that year and it was difficult to obtain documents before that time.  Arrangement is by SuDoc call number with the classification number before the colon in bold face type with a listing of the publications under each number.  The beginning of the book has the Congressional Tables, starting with the14th Congress. (Congressional documents for the first 14 Congresses are part of the American State Papers which is in the Serial Set database, which is a compilation of reports and documents published by Congress since 1817. The Congressional Tables section provides additional information about the Serial Set  to help in locating a document in this set. Some of the Serial Set documents are available in print in Y1.1/2:)

 Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789-1976. GP3.8:1789-1976/

Indexes titles published between 1789 and 1976. Alphabetical by title. Provides SuDoc call numbers.

 Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publication: 1900-1971 GP3.8:1900-71/Index   Leads you to individual years of the Monthly catalog.

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